Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Roger Wilco

The attempts to drag me further into the world of blogging have succeeded. I was content to lurk in the comment sections of much bigger fish. Opinions about this strategy have fallen into two categories:

  • There were those who suggested that I should realize my talent by getting my own site.
  • There were those who felt that my opinions were too long-winded and tedious for the comment sections.
Message Received. I now have a blog of my own. I will need help getting this thing off the ground. There is now a central location where everyone can come to watch me embarrass myself.

I'm going to try to leave the standard Lutheran blog subjects to those who are better qualified. I am a Soldier; not a pastor. I am a neophyte; not a theologian. Let us all remember that... especially me.

I wanted to find a niche. It occurred to me that there are lots of people out there who read the Lutheran blogosphere and actually get stuff out of it. Once you cut through all the platitudes, name-calling, and rhetorical exercises, there is helpful information that people actually take to heart and apply. I am one of those people. My introduction to Lutheran doctrine was over the Internet. My first copy of the Book of Concord was in .pdf format. I have yet to meet the pastor who got me in the door of my first LCMS church.

Lives are being influenced by this insubstantial place we call the Internet. Like it or not, what we say out here is an extension of our witness. This hobby is the real deal. This can be service to your neighbor. Wouldn't it be great if we could all get together and learn from the wisdom of the collective? Wouldn't it be great if there were more places like

BOLL is my brainchild. Like all of my good ideas, I stole it from someone else:

Trust me, you guys do not want a blog where I ramble about my opinions. The less this blog is about me the better. You guys want a blog where practical stuff is discussed; where distinctions between truth and error can be made. A place for testimony and suggestions. The plan is to provide a moderated forum where we can all learn from each other.

This is my blog. God help me.


Christopher D. Hall said...

Since you gave This Side of the Pulpit the scoop, I am honored to be the first commenter here. Congratulations, and let me add I was the a blogger of the first sort, and am glad you are realizing your talents. God's blessings!

Mike Baker said...

Thank you, Pr. Hall.

...I was of the second sort. =P